Monthly Archives: July 2010

Annual Bus trip to Seattle – Sept 11-12.

Annual Bus trip to Seattle – Sept 11-12 Hi Friends!                       The Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC is going on its annual Bus Trip to Seattle on Sat Sept 11, 2010 for the “Annual Guyana Family Fun Day Picnic”. By … Continue reading

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Picnic – August 15, 2010

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC Picnic August 2010 < download flyer here PICNIC IN THE PARK – AUGUST 15, 2010 JOIN US ALONG WTH GRENADA; ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES; ST KITTS & NEVIS; ANTIGUA & BARBUDA; BARBADOS; & … Continue reading

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Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee meet again

Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee meet again in Barbados after over 40 years

Isabelle and Vivian Lee with ¡ “Auntie” Olga Lopes Seale in Barbados

Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee re-connected again after many years when Vivian visited Barbados with his wife, Isabelle, for a short vacation in June. While in Barbados they were interviewed by Cyril Bryan of Guyanese Online.
They are now both 91 years old now, and were glad to meet again and reminisce about early broadcasting and entertainment in Guyana, in the 1950s, when they were at Radio Demerara, and he ran a successful advertising and music business.
Vivian has been residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1985 after spending seven years in France. In Vancouver he was one of the founders of the Guyanese Cultural Association of BC in 1986, after a visit there by then President Hoyte brought out the Guyanese and started the process. He believes in continuous learning and action, and earned a degree in English from the University of British Columbia. He wrote and edited a book entitled Super Seniors in 2004, which chronicles inspiring life stories of people over 65 achieving their goals.
Dame Olga Lopes Seale is still doing her charity work in Barbados, driving her little SUV around helping kids and families in need. She recently collected $50,000 (US$25,000) in her annual Fun Run sponsored by companies, schools and individuals in Barbados.
Olga Lopes Seale was a pioneer of radio broadcasting and responsible for exposing musical talent in Berbice. She was equally successful as a broadcaster in Barbados after emigrating there in 1964 with her Barbadian husband. As a broadcaster in Guyana, Olga Lopes-Seale was responsible for programs like Birthday Requests; The Ovaltine show; Yours Truly Olga, the Radio Demerara Needy Children’s Fund. She was inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame in August 1997.
In 2002, she, as well as Vivian Lee, received the Guyana Folk Festival 2002 Wordsworth McAndrew Award. These awards, named after the distinguished Guyanese folklorist Wordsworth McAndrew, are awarded to recipients for their contributions to Guyanese folk and popular culture.
From 1957 to 1979 Vivian Lee had a Record Store, Advertising company, as well as a recording company ACE Records at Robb and King Streets. He was a broadcaster, public relations specialist, songwriter, and cultural promoter.
A very creative man he was, writing the famous radio character Mrs. Snodgrass; creating the lyrics for ¨Down at the bottom floor”, popularized by Lord Canary and promoting national and international musicians like Johnny Braff, who was a very popular local artist with many hits in the 1960’s. He also produced one of the early Guyanese films, the musical comedy, ” If Wishes Were Horses”.
(Guyanese Online – July 2010 Newsletter). Continue reading

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Party by the Pier – July 24-25, 2010

Caribbean Days Festival – July 24-25, 2010
Party by the Pier, and save $8

If you are planning to celebrate Caribbean Days weekend by enjoying the spectacular Waterfront Party, now is the time to act.

The early bird deadline is fast approaching. Tickets are currently $35, but after July 11 will be sold at $39. If you will be attending with a friend, you can save $8 by getting your order in now. Why not keep that $8 in your pocket?

Tickets can be found using these links:

* Purchase via TTCS Web site
* Purchase via ClubZone
* Check local Caribbean outlets

Click for Larger ImageWaterfront Party 2010

presents Caribbean Recording Artists

Exclusive Vancouver Engagement

Canada’s premier Caribbean act makes a rare West Coast appearance. Do NOT miss this event.

Check out their recording of “It’s Carnival” and other hot tunes here:
Date Saturday July 24 , 2010
Time 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Special guests: Phase III Steel Band
DJ Carl Sound Vibes • DJ Kizum
Tickets $35 Early Bird
$39 after July 11

Looking forward to seeing you at the party.

See you at the Flag Party Boat Cruise on July 18th as well: Continue reading

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Join us at Caribbean Days Festival

Join us at Caribbean Days Festival
Volunteers Wanted
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10th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Reggae Royalty Coming to Town for 10th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

MAPLE RIDGE, BC – Ole, ole, ole, ole, feeling hot, hot, hot…on Saturday, July 10th & Sunday, July 11th, the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival Society will be celebrating its 10th annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival at Memorial Peace Park and 224th Street in Downtown Maple Ridge and is promising the best and biggest festival yet featuring a debut Canadian performance by Tosh 1, son of legendary Peter Tosh.

What started as an admission-free, one day festival in 2000 attracting 1,500 festival-goers of all ages has grown to between 18,000 and 20,000 over two days and remains an admission-free festival with people coming from all over Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Washington State.

The two day party in the park transcends cultural and musical boundaries with a galaxy of performances including Reggae, Calypso, Ska, Salsa, and African beats, authentic Caribbean cuisine, an open air market with 70+ art & craft vendors, dancing, beer garden, youth dance and fun for the little ones. Rain or shine, organizers are committed to delivering a high-energy festival with a phenomenal entertainment line-up. Continue reading

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TTCS of BC – July 2010 Events

Please see attached the events for the : Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of B.C. Of course, July is the hottest month in your calendar. That goes without saying. So the events listing below will be brief and to the … Continue reading

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